Rhinebeck Swarm
Photo by Grai St. Clair Rice

We can learn many things, thru a love and respect for nature.

Honeybees are amazing and gentle creatures. They live in colonies which function as a single organism, with each Honeybee working for the good of the whole. They nurture the beauty and fecundity of the earth with their gift of pollination, and through that pollination mankind gains strength, and nature diversity.

Backyard beekeepers, with a conscience towards respecting the needs of the Honeybee, can effect positive change towards keeping hives healthy. Urban beekeeping is as vital as tending bees in a country paradise.  No matter where you may have bees, they connect you to nature, the seasons and the environment around you.  HoneybeeLives’ beekeeping classes in NYC and the Hudson Valley are focused on nurturing the beekeepers who nurture their bees.

Beekeeping Classes in New Paltz & Brooklyn, New York City

Organic Beekeeping Classes & Apiary Services

Seasonal Class Offerings, Hive Tending and Hive Health Diagnosis
Swarm Collecting and Colony Removal


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HoneybeeLives is an organization, based in the Hudson Valley, practicing Natural/Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence.  Chris Harp and Grai Rice teach intensive two-day beekeeping workshops in the winter in the Hudson Valley and NYC.  Seasonal hands-on support classes are taught during the bee season at the HoneybeeLives Apiary in New Paltz, in the Hudson Valley, NYS.

HoneybeeLives also provides a wide-range of apiary services to CSA farms and private estates in NYS and CT.

The focus of HoneybeeLives’ work is to encourage and support the health of the honeybee by nurturing knowledgeable, loving and confident beekeepers and property owners.  Broadening the general public’s understanding and appreciation of the honeybee, and their role in honeybee health is another focus of HoneybeeLives’ work.  Farmers and the general public can also have a positive impact through simple choices about when to spray or mow, as well as planting trees and flowers that provide valuable food for both domestic and feral bees.

HoneybeeLives has conducted beekeeping classes including at The Pfeiffer Center for Biodynamic Agriculture, the Sustainable Living Resource Center and The Commons in Brooklyn.  Chris Harp and Grai Rice have presented talks at NOFA NY and NOFA NJ Winter conferences, Eastern Apiculture Society and at numerous beekeeping associations and garden clubs. 

A gift of Honeybees is a gift of Life.

Chris Harp & Grai St. Clair Rice
New Paltz & New York City 


National Honey Bee Day
August 21, 2021